This morning I did Park Run and I thought I’d just do a quick update on how I’m getting on. 🙂
Park Run has recently become a bit of a Saturday morning routine for me. I get up early (7am), have breakfast and head over to Delamere Forest for the start time of 9am.
It’s funny how much I’ve changed recently but I’d actually much rather do Park Run than go out partying on a Friday night (what’s happened to my life?)
Anyways…I have now done 4 Park Runs at Delamere Forest AND I’ve managed to get PB’s on the last 3 runs! (Not quite sure how that’s happened…)
Why Park Run?
It was my New Year Resolution this year to start going to Park Run. The main reason behind it was to help with training for the London 10K race I have signed up to to raise money for the Scoliosis Association in July. I have also signed up to the Great Manchester Run (10K) in May. In a way though, I am now dreading this as I’m not sure I’m ready for 10K yet…
My first Park Run was back in January and at the time, I was so pleased with my time (33.27). For me, it was a huge achievement to actually attend a Park Run and get a “decent” time (i.e somewhere in the middle of the pack!) It highlighted to me that my fitness was relatively good and that my back could cope ok with running 5K (wahoo!)
Since January, I have done 3 more Park Runs and my times are as follows:
So I’ve managed to shave 3 minutes off my time since January!
Now, I’m fully aware that these times are probably crap for some people! When I first started running a couple of years ago though, I was running 5K in around 40 minutes. So it just shows how far I’ve come. 🙂 I believe that anything is possible if you work hard enough.
I have been supplementing my running training with Body Pump classes, spin classes and HIIT training at my gym. Walking is also important, most days I try to get my goal of 10K steps. I truly believe that this extra training has helped to improve my fitness and 5K times.
Don’t get me wrong, today’s Park Run was not easy. I pushed myself HARD to get that time and it wasn’t exactly comfortable (this wasn’t down to my back though!) But it’s a start and I can now work on improving each week. The good thing about Park Run is it’s highly motivating and it makes me push myself more than if I was running alone.
For me, it also shows that anything is possible after scoliosis surgery.
If you are interested in finding out more about Park Run, check out their website here – Park Run. It’s free to register and you can walk, jog or run 5K (you don’t have to run). They have free, weekly timed 5K’s around the world!
I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.